If your sporting plans call for a lot of gear, tackle, decoys, and a dog, the Kingfisher is your canoe. It's a great boat for catching sharks and snook in the no motor zones of the everglades or just taking the kids fishing for blue gills at the lake. This recreational hull extremely stable and very comfortable for larger paddlers. You can easily get in and out with your waders on and there's no need to worry about stability when shooting out of this canoe. It's two feet longer than the Fisherman and has more capacity, but at 16 feet it's still easy to maneuver.
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For several years, I have used my 16 foot, ultralight Kevlar Wenonah Kingfisher on a nearly daily basis. (I live on a lake in Arkansas). Being in my 60's, I have extensive experience canoeing various types of water and canoes.
The Kingfisher provides a stable platform for fly-fishing, holds enough gear for a weeklong canoe camping trip and with minor modification is an outstanding solo as well as tandem canoe.
I paddle Canadian style. Added a center seat using Wenonah seat brackets. Kneeling, the Kingfisher will lean to the gunwales allowing for freestyle strokes. It is responsive and stable. Even in the wind, quartering the bow and kneeling makes it very competent. It isn't a fast canoe, but I don't have the need to race. I find Kingfisher is my favorite and the canoe I use most.
Canoe camping is made much more enjoyable with this canoe. Lots of room for gear, and easily portaged.
Due to an unexpected flash flood in June of 2019 on the Buffalo River (Arkansas) it literally saved my life when, paddling solo, I was forced to paddle 22 miles to get off the river. After six hours of fairly calm water, I suddenly encountered Class three haystacks and class four rapids. A few easily repairable scrapes was the only damage. I wouldn't recommend actually using a Kingfisher for such encounters, but I never dumped unlike many others and felt in control of my fate.
The Kingfisher is a versatile canoe. From the saltwater flats of Florida to the lakes and rivers of Arkansas, I trust it to be a predictable companion for paddling adventures.
Bought this a few weeks ago but this was the first time we had a chance to get it wet. It was manufactured September 2013 but we're the first owners. I really like the 39# weight of the Kevlar UL as compared to our last 84# Royalex 17' Duck Hunter by Mad River. It's easy enough for me to load on the truck top by myself if necessary. We only had a short time to paddle so we launched at a close-by freshwater tidal creek and paddled about 2 to 3 miles each way. The tide and wind were opposite of each other but the Kingfisher was easy enough to control. It did seem a bit sluggish while headed up tide but that was expected. We were lightly loaded with just me and the wife. No other gear other than the essentials. This boat is definitely slower than the Duck Hunter and I think not quite as stable. By all reports the stability should improve with more weight. I didn't try to stand since it's been awhile since we paddled anything. I was interested to see how the flat bottom tracked as compared to the shallow V on the previous boat but it did seem to track straight enough for our purposes. Our primary use will be when we take the RV to lakes and slow rivers, no rapids at all will be intentionally traveled. Maybe we'll even catch enough fish to stink up the skillet. FWIW: I'm definitely not an expert paddler but not a total novice either. I'm sure we'll like this boat even better after we get to know each other better.
For leisure paddling my wife and I love it. It is large enough to have provisions for a day or even an overnight excursion. I have soloed with the canoe by reverse seating from back to the front seat and with a little ballast arranging it works fine on a calm day. My wife loves paddling the canoe so much many times she will paddle as I stand up in front of the canoe and fish.
My wife and I love the canoe and give it a 10 out of 10 for our experiences with the canoe.
I would give it a ten except that I believe there no perfect boats. It is very close, at least if you want what this canoe offers.
We load it right on to factory racks on our expedition. At 65 lbs and some additional fishing gear two adults can carry it 75-150 yards fairly easily--more than that and you start to feel the burn. It's fantastic for trolling, flyfishing and the only reason I am considering a motor is to get to the secret spots quicker.
If you are going to solo and face a lot of wind often, I'd consider a different model.